The opposition Democratic Coalition (DK) will not attend coordination talks on party financing, DK lawmaker Lajos Oláh said. He told an online press conference that it was Prime Minister Viktor Orbán who would end up making the final decision on the matter, “just like on everything else”. Half of the party’s funding has been taken away by the government and the other half by the State Audit Office, which is “also controlled by Fidesz”, he said. “So there is nothing to consult with them about.” Oláh said Orbán was “fighting the opposition rather than the epidemic”. DK has learnt over the past ten years, he added, that there was no real consultation in Hungary on anything.
Head of the Prime Minister’s Office Gergely Gulyás announced in early April that half of the state allocation for party financing, or 1.2 billion forints (EUR 3.4m), is being set aside for the fight against the novel coronavirus epidemic.